Herbal Medicine: A Holistic Alternative

Posted September 21, 2011 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Herbal medicine, also called phytomedicine, utilizes a plant’s flowers, leaves, bark, berries, and roots for medical purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of allopathic medicine. It continues to become more mainstream as research shows the value of herbal medicine in disease prevention and treatment.

As they restore bodily functions and treat illness, herbal remedies can increase vitality, enhance health and promote longevity. Herbs can treat, cure or alleviate a wide range of conditions and symptoms including: Insomnia, digestive disorders, allergies, stress, colds and flu, and immune system disorders, among many others. Herbs are often combined with acupuncture in treatment.

Consumer demand for herbal remedies is increasing as more individuals choose healthier lifestyles. Herbal medicine is a system of health care that may be utilized as a holistic alternative or integrative therapy to conventional medicine and treatment.

Common herbs popular with consumers:

  • Ginseng for immune system.
  • Astragalus for colds.
  • Eucommia bark for back and knee ache.
  • Ginger for circulation.
  • Chinese yam for chronic cough and wheezing.
  • Chinese angelica for anemia.
  • Hawthorn for cardiovascular health.
  • Meadowsweet for arthritic inflammation.
  • Cat’s claw for intestinal ailments.

While herbs contain substances that have curative properties, they also have vitamins, minerals and antioxidants known to prolong health and slow aging.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.
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